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10 Stretch Questions

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During a recent keynote address Tim Shriver, Special Olympics International Chairman of the Board, encouraged each of the 800 Special Olympics North America Meeting participants to consider a set of stretch questions.

I was intrigued with the concept of a question that can stretch my thinking, my conceptual frameworks and possibly my actions.

It got me to thinking about how we should incorporate stretch questions into our schools, classrooms and activities. As far too often questions we ask our students focus on factual answers, and questions we ask ourselves and other adults in our schools focus on compliance.

But what if we asked questions of our students and ourselves that really stretched everyone’s thinking and focused on enhancing the education experience?

How about the following questions?
  1. How can we organize our school to ensure every student is inspired, engaged and safe?
  2. What are our school’s ultimate outcomes and impacts and how do we accurately and adequately measure them?
  3. How do we most effectively and efficiently collect, analyze and share data on our school’s quality and character?
  4. What strategies can we implement to welcome and engage all parents and community members?
  5. How do we really integrate technology into the core of our school’s instructional methods, engagement strategies and collaborations?
  6. How do we create and sustain quality student transitions from elementary school to middle school, middle school to high school and high school to productive lives?
  7. How do we create a space and time in our school to allow students to reflect on their experiences and ponder about their future?
  8. How do we engage all education stakeholders in determining the school’s priorities and allocation of resources?
  9. How do we ensure each student loves learning and cannot get enough of it?
  10. How do we ensure each teacher focuses on student development and subject mastery?
These are my stretch questions that I will focus on; I challenge you to develop a set of questions that inspire you to stretch your thinking and actions.

About the author: Terry Pickeral, president Cascade Educational Consultants has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.
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